Prep Baseball: Jefferson City 14, Francis Howell Central 6

COTTLEVILLE -- The Jefferson City Jays finished with 17 hits Friday and ran away with a 14-6 victory against the Francis Howell Central Spartans in the Midwest Classic.

The Jays scored one run in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Mason Wall opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the first, Ryan Meyer had an run-scoring groundout in the second and Eli Miller hit a sacrifice fly in the third.

Francis Howell Central answered back with two runs in the fourth on a bases-loaded hit batter and sacrifice fly, but Jefferson City blew the game open with a six-run fifth.

Jackson Koch opened the fifth with a leadoff single and his courtesy runner, Lucas Parker, scored one batter later on an inside-the-park, two-run home run by Jordan Martin. Brody Johns added an RBI single, Miller scored on an error, Meyer doubled home Johns and Ethan Lipp made it a 9-2 game with an RBI groundout.

The Jays added three more in the sixth, getting runs on an RBI groundout from Miller, an RBI single from Ryan Tadsen and another run-scoring single from Luke Baridl.

The Spartans scored three runs in the bottom half to cut the score to 14-6 before Miller had an RBI single in the seventh to create the final margin.

Miller got the start on the mound and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out two batters in 3⅓ innings. Baridl pitched the next 2⅔ innings and allowed four unearned runs on three hits and four walks to go with two strikeouts. Adam Scheperle pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

Martin finished 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs and two RBI, Meyer went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, Johns added three hits, three runs and an RBI and Koch added two hits.

Jefferson City (4-4) will wrap up play in the Midwest Classic at 11 a.m. today at Troy-Buchanan.

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